[Thoughts on the Table – 53] The Boom of Italian Food in the US, with Food Writer Mark Preston

Mark Preston is a food writer, a blogger, and the author of California Mission Cookery, a cookbook on the early cuisine of the Californio population, which he discovered while working as an archivist for the UCLA library. Last October, he got in touch ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 52] Italian and American Culture with Nick Zingale

Nick Zingale is an American of Italian descent who lived and traveled in Italy and Europe for seven months last year. He joins me in this episode for a fascinating overview of his experience abroad, which he documented on his personal blog – from ... Continue reading

Personal Space and the Italians

Like other southern European and Latin American populations, Italians require less “personal space” compared to northern Europeans or North Americans. According to proxemics, the study of interpersonal communication, personal space is the cylinder ... Continue reading

[Thoughts on the Table – 43] Introducing David Scott Allen from Cocoa & Lavender

This episode’s guest is writer, photographer David Scott Allen, author of the amazing blog: Cocoa and Lavender. I discovered David’s work only recently, but I got very quickly into it, joining its large fan base. David writes stories about food, ... Continue reading

Il Mercato – The Tradition of the Italian Street Market

~~~ This article is available in narrated version. Check it out! ~~~ Every year, when I go back to Italy to see my family, I manage to squeeze in a visit to a mercato. As you may have guessed, the word “mercato” means “market”, ... Continue reading

Truffles Uncovered

I am very excited to announce that I have been invited to participate in a food lit event that will take place in Turin (Piedmont, Italy) this coming September. The event is titled “Turin Epicurean Capital” and will revolve around the ... Continue reading

A World of Eggs

Chicken eggs are one of the world’s most popular foods, and have a significant presence in the diet of both Italians and North Americans. The eggs themselves and the way they are consumed, however, are substantially different between Italy and ... Continue reading

The Coffee Machines – The Evolution of Coffee Extraction

Is there more caffeine in an 8 oz drip medium roast, in a single shot espresso, or in an 8 oz dark roast? Where does the espresso’s crema come from? What is the difference between the Percolator and the Drip Pot? What is the Italian Moka? This ... Continue reading

Tomatoes and Pomodori

Everyone who has visited Italy agrees – Italian tomatoes are much more than a condiment for burgers or a colorful decoration! Italian tomatoes are indisputably full of flavor. Originally domesticated in Mexico and only brought to Europe by the ... Continue reading